Temperature controlled facilities strategically locating at DP World London Gateway

DP World London GatewayLogistics providers are bringing different parts of the supply chain into one location at DP World London Gateway. SH Pratt, who specialise in fruit ripening and distribution, and more recently, container transportation and shipping company CMA CGM, have recently made announcements about their developments at the port.

Construction for SH Pratt’s new 108,555 sq ft port-centric packing and service provision venture Halo, DP World’s first temperature-controlled packing warehouse, began on February 5. The warehouse, will pack and handle a range of tropical fruits outside of the supplier's current core product before distributing them to the UK consumer market. The Halo facility will be able to accommodate ambient, refrigerated and frozen foods. 

“Not only will the warehouse’s location and multifunctionality speed up transit times and boost the freshness of imports, it will also cut processing costs and create a smaller carbon footprint.”


Gavin Knight, Managing Director, Halo

CMA CGM plan to occupy a one-hectare cold store facility within a 2.4-hectare logistics plot development, located close to main road access into the London area, which will feature chilled and frozen chambers.

To date £1.5 billion has been spent on developing the deep-water port, with a further £1.5bn to be invested over the coming years. The two  companies anticipate that their new strategic locations will lead to a more sustainable temperature-controlled supply chain.

SH Pratt’s new multi-temperature product handling facility

DP World London GatewayFruit importer and ripener, SH Pratt, is promising lower costs, greater sustainability and shorter transit times at their £15 million multi-temperature product handling facility.

According to Halo’s managing director, the new facility will make the end-to-end cost of processing Southern Hemisphere fruit 30-35 per cent cheaper at DP World London Gateway than at its main competitors.

“This will be a state-of-the-art, fully accredited, fully-focussed facility which, coupled with SH Pratt Group’s expertise, will deliver beyond the expectations of our customers.”


Robert Wells, Chief Executive, SH Pratt

DP World London Gateway is the UK’s largest port for handling temperature-controlled food products by container with 1700 reefer plugs for reefer container ships. The handling venture comes as the port continues to attract growing numbers of shipping lines from Africa, Asia and Latin America. 

Halo is set for completion at the end of September 2018, following a 24-week build and a 16-week fit out. Once complete, the warehouse will include three ripening chambers; a large added value facility for flow wrapping, heat-sealing and grading among other services; and seven cool chambers, with capacity for 9,000 pallets. Halo is part of SH Pratt Group's programme of investment over the last few years and will be supported by Kinship Logistics, its wholly-owned logistics subsidiary.

To find out more about SH Pratt see here.

CMA CGM Group’s state-of-the-art cold store facility

DP World London GatewayCMA CGM Group, a world leader in maritime transport, is to take a long-term lease and invest in a build-to-suit, multi-temperature warehouse facility at DP World London Gateway Logistics Park. The company will occupy a one-hectare cold store facility within a 2.4-hectare logistics plot development on the River Thames, located close to main road access into the London area.

With this new development, the group will feature chilled and frozen chambers to handle a large variety of temperature-controlled products, product quality controls, packing, sorting, labelling, palletisation or bagging. It will also offer customs clearance, shunting (transfer from the quay to the warehouse) and delivery transportation (last-mile delivery).

“This is an important step forward for CMA CGM and we’re looking forward to adding even greater value to the operations of our customers through the development of this facility. Drawing on the logistics expertise that exists within the CMA CGM Group, we’ll be able to offer our customers a unique range of value added services and make sure their goods receive the best care all along their journey with CMA CGM and until they reach their final destination. This is also a significant step up in our partnership with DP World, showing that ports, shipping lines, logistics companies and industrial zones can work collaboratively to deliver value for cargo owners shipping into and out of the UK.”


Alexis Michel, Senior Vice President Inland Activities, CMA CGM Group

Work for the new cold store facility will start later this year, and the facility is expected to become operational in early summer of 2019.

To find out more about the CMA CGM Group see here.

To find out more about DP World London Gateway see here.

Robert Edge
Robert Edge

Inward Investment Manager (UK Multimodal Gateway:Essex)

+44 (0) 7740 179497


Following a ten year career with a major Colchester freight forwarder shipping everything from confectionery to oxygen plants, Robert has spent almost 15 years in inward investment promotion. Having had experience in China, India and the Middle East, Robert leads on the logistics and renewables sector.